African American History Parade rolls down MLK Drive - KLFY News 10

African American History Parade rolls down MLK Drive

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The 11th annual African American History Parade made its way down Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday.

Celebrating "African Americans in Louisiana Making History", the parade, founded by Jenelle Chargois had over 100 entries of floats, thirteen bands and hundreds of spectators who showed up to show their support and celebrate the culture.

Chargois, general manager of K & M Broadcasting, says each float was designed to highlight those black citizens who made or are making a difference. A doctor of African American studies, spoke intensely about how these types of events can help reconnect society with their roots.

"It's an incredible celebration, especially a parade like this were we're celebrating our heritage and history and culture, it's a perfect fit. I think it speaks to what many Africans in the diaspora have felt for a very long time, that longing to go back home, that need to reconnect to Africa." said Dr. Lisa Aubrey.

The parade concludes a two-day celebration. The Black History Gala was held on Saturday with special honoree Abbeville native Monica Davenport, who presently serves as vice president of Deputy General Counsel for Verizon.

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